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South Carolina football’s game against Alabama on September 14 to be shown on CBS

The Gamecocks will get a national TV audience as Nick Saban and Co. come to Willy B.

Tennessee v South Carolina Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The SEC on CBS is set to kick off another season on September 14, and the network has announced that its team of Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl will be heading to Columbia as South Carolina hosts defending champion Alabama for a 3:30 kickoff.

With the two being in separate divisions, it’s the first time since the Gamecocks and Crimson Tide have faced off against each other since October 9, 2010 - and that game turned out pretty well for Carolina. The Gamecocks hosted a CBS game last year against Georgia - a 41-17 loss - while appearing on the network in back-to-back weeks in 2017.

Alabama’s involvement is obviously a huge reason for it landing the SEC on CBS’s season premiere, but the fact that the two teams haven’t played each other since the Tide fell at Williams-Brice adds a bit more narrative. And the Gamecocks are in rare company: Alabama has only 12 losses since then.

So there will be a lot on the line for both sides. South Carolina will look to send an early message to the entire country, and Alabama will try to avoid a rare loss to an SEC opponent and sustain early damage to its hopes of a third title in five seasons. Are you planning to be at the game? Let us know in the comments.